Notting Hill Carnival 2015 is nearly upon us and After Nyne HQ can’t wait. For two fabulous days at the end of August, London is about to get very, very glittery.
But even the most hardcore Carnival attendee needs substenance – here’s four places you will want to eat at, come Carnival.
The Little Yellow Door – when you need a break in a relaxed atmosphere.
You might remember that we included TLYD in our August pop-up roundup (which you can read here) but it’s right in the heart of Notting Hill so we couldn’t ignore it. For the summer, The Little Yellow Door has been transformed into an inside garden – you won’t burn,the sun won’t set and the rain can’t ruin your mood. Cocktails are served in watering cans and aquariums, and guests can enjoy their own tree house without a wasp in sight. For more information: www.thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk.
Casa Cruz – to celebrate Carnival in style
Casa Cruz is a new kid on the block – it’s only been open since July. Casa Cruz is in a beautifully restored Victorian building and offers a luxury venue for Carnival. A heated roof terrace, beautiful mirrored staircase and a gorgeous copper bar. Casa Cruz’s menu is predominantly European, with Argentine touches -wild sea bass crudo, charcoal grilled monkfish and cajun spiced chicken breast feature. For more information, go to: www.casacruz.london
Nama – when you worry about the toll Carnival is taking on your health
Notting Hill Carnival needn’t be all about the excess. Get into the swing of things with a Nama’s Coconut Rum Punch and Nama’s all-organic Sangria. Caffeine fans might find solace in the fact that they can get their organic and vegan iced coffees with an extra shot of rum. We expect Nama’s Party Shots to be a favoritem made up of medicinal mushrooms, orange, lemon, ginger, chilli and, of course, more rum. For those looking for something other than liquid fuel, Nama will also be selling their homemade Energy Bars. One bite of their stirring blend of sprouted nuts and seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, maca, lucuma, vanilla and dates and nothing will stop you. Nama are also offering a free Coconut Rum Punch per day for the best outfit, so head on over there. For more information, go to: www.namafoods.com
Boom Burger – because Carnival is not Carnival without jerk chicken
Get back to Notting Hill Carnival’s Caribbean roots at Boom Burger, one of the area’s most celebrated Jamaican restaurant in Notting Hill. Due to anticipated high demand, guests won’t be able to eat-in during the festivities but you can still get your hands on some flavour-packed jerk chicken burgers and wings, available from Book Burger’s takeaway hatch. For more information, go to: www.boomburger.co.uk.